Hi everyone, it has been years since I have poked around in here.
My old user account no longer exists. So I made a new one, I was just good old "jrsboo", am now jrsboo2. Clever, eh?
So onto the update.
I have been at 0 with my pcr for quite a while now. My oncologist is heading up a new study, a stop trial for Sprycel, it should be starting in a few weeks (4-6), and she is pretty sure I will qualify.
You have to have two pcr's within 42 days of each other and each has to be negative. Then I will stop the Sprycel, and be tested every month for a year (assuming no relapse), then every three months, I don't know how long for though.
The thought of being able to be off this stuff is so exciting!!!!!!!!!!
For those that don't remember: dx 9/2010, only at 29,000 at dx. Fast response to Sprycel, but massive side effects. Massive.
I have been taking less and less Sprycel and am now at only 20 mg per day. I have had one or two significant breaks that I needed to just let my body rest from the side effects. And I LOVED them. I feel AMAZING without this stuff slowing me down.
So I am pretty excited. The stop trial is nation-wide I think. It will be headquartered here in Seattle at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (I see my doc at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance). I don't think you need to be here to be in it.